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Accessible Fitness, more choices for more people

Fitness has always been a concern with regard to both mental and physical health regardless of age, gender, or any other variables that make each one of us unique. And for those in the blind community, fitness is every bit as much—if not more—important.

Exercise for the visually impaired is something that should be incorporated into a weekly, if not daily, routine for a variety of reasons that are both similar and different from people within the sighted community. For those with total loss of sight as well as for those who are low sighted, a lack of regular exercise can bring on a host of other issues, including weight gain, sluggishness, and perhaps worst of all for many, insomnia or a circadian rhythm that has been thrown completely off track.

A quality workout done at the right time of day and at the right pace to meet your unique physical and mental needs is just what the doctor may have forgotten to order. For many blind people, fitness has been a challenge: without someone to guide you and without the ability to drive yourself to the gym, it becomes obvious why so many visually impaired individuals give up—but with the BlindAlive line of Fitness Workouts for blind people, you’ll never have to depend on anyone else again.

Yoga and Strength Training with wieghts for blind people along with a variety of other cardiovascular exercises help our bodies stay toned, help us gain muscle mass and lose weight, but most of all, can help lead a blind person away from a sense of helplessness.

Are you ready to sweat? Come get healthy and leave all your notions of not being able to get fit due to your visual impairment behind with BlindAlive!

Getting Started with Strength Training

If you are new to strength training, you might not be sure what weights would be useful for a beginner. The weight set we recommend is a good place to start for women, although men may want to invest in a heavier set. We like this set because it is economical, both in cost, and in the space required to store it.

There are two parts to this set -- the stand and the weights. The stand is light gray plastic, and needs to be assembled with small Phillips screws, which are included. It is not necessary that you store the weights in the provided stand, but it may make it easier to organize and locate them.

The weights are neoprene coated, which means the finish has a rubbery feel. This makes them somewhat easier to grip and a bit less prone to rolling away when placed on a flat surface. There are three pairs of weights. The largest pair is five pounds each, and stores conveniently in the lowest part of the stand. The three and two pound pairs are each smaller and shorter than the heavier sets. When all the weights are stored in the stand, the shape is somewhat like a pyramid that is roughly ten inches wide, ten inches deep, and ten inches high.

I find identification of the weights to be simple with no sight. The size, length, and of course, the actual weight provides several cues. If you have some usable sight, each pair of weights is a different color. The five pound weights are purple, three pounds are green, and the two pound weights are pink. Additionally the weight, in pounds is printed on the end of each one in large white numbers.

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If you have additional comments or questions about the weights, we would love to hear from you.

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